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Helping Hands Books is a social venture dedicated to raising money for the field of youth development. The future belongs to the young. Unfortunately, youth development programs seldom have sufficient funding. By contributing a percentage of our sales to youth programs, we hope to assist as many young people as we can in achieving their dreams. We know that it takes a community to raise a child, and by capitalizing on the value of used media, we aim to do our part. With your help, we can identify youth organizations in each other’s communities, that will benefit most from our contributions. We look forward to working with you to make our communities better places to live and play.
A Little About Us
Helping Hands Books is essentially a socially and environmentally conscious recycling company. We capitalize on the value of used, unwanted, and wasted media products, and channel a portion of the money generated from the sales of those items, into the communities close to home. Those who work with us not only find an easy way to raise funds for their organization(s), but are given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people throughout their community.
Helping Hands Books began as a fundraising event at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. The founder, a full-time graduate student earning a Doctorate of Education and a Masters of Social Work, was looking for ways to fundraise for his student organization and to help support the youth center that supported him throughout his teen years. Using companies like Better World Books, Tom’s Shoes, Chegg, Purple Heart Pickups, Nana’s Attic, Hope Wine, The Asia Foundation, and B-Logistics as inspirations, the first Helping Hands Book Drive began in the fall of 2007. The success of that book drive inspired him to start a company; one devoted to supporting the teen center he had attended in his youth, as well as similar local youth development programs in communities nearby.
Helping Hands Books has already contributed over $5000 to youth organizations, tens of thousands of quality books to good causes, $365 to local libraries, and over $1350 to campus organizations. It’s amazing that so much good could be accomplished simply by tapping into a much-wasted resource. Not only are we able to give back to our community, but we are doing our part to keep the Earth as Green as possible. Even the mailers we ship with are 100% recyclable, made out of 90% recycled paper with 50% post-consumer content.
Helping Hands Books was created to give back, while demonstrating an increasingly popular business model. One that uses capitalistic methods to raise funds for causes in need. We at Helping Hands Books feel that every company should donate a portion of their profits to the communities in which they operate. This is all about people helping people. We hope you will join us in making a difference in the lives of our nation’s young people, as well in the lives of young people around the world.
From all of us working to make Helping Hands Books a juggernaut of civic engagement, thank you for your interest!
Advertise Market your socially and/or environmentally-conscious business or non-profit cheaply and effectively through our bookmark direct mailing advertising service.
Book Drives Gives you a quick overview about starting your own book drive fundraiser.
Contact Provides an email form to help us get to know you better, answer your questions, and assist you in starting a campus or community book drive fundraiser.
Impact Lists all the contributions Helping Hands Books has made to youth programs, campus organizations, and human service organizations. It also lets you know how much paper, destined for landfills, that we’ve recycled.
Partners Provides a list of our Library and Community Partners that support us and get the word out about who we are and what we do.
Q & A Answers all of your questions about Helping Hands Books.
Youth Programs Is an ever-growing descriptive list of the youth programs that benefit from Helping Hands book sales. The Featured Youth Programs page also provides information about donating directly to the youth programs listed.
Donate Lets you know how to donate your books to our cause. Also featured on this page is the “Book Donation Hall Of Fame,” which lists every person who has donated directly to Helping Hands Books!
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